Singer, song­writer, cy­clist…

Nova Sco­tia per­former Maura Whit­man moves be­tween the pi­ano and the bi­cy­cle

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

Maura Whit­man is most of­ten seen around Truro on her bi­cy­cle. But Satur­day she’ll be play­ing the pi­ano and singing on stage at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre.

“This is my first time be­ing part of Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week, so I’m re­ally ex­cited,” said the 17-yearold Grade 12 stu­dent.

“I re­ally like be­ing able to con­nect with peo­ple through mu­sic. I try to write songs ev­ery­body can re­late to. It’s cool to cap­ture the au­di­ence, and have peo­ple come up and say the mu­sic moved them.”

Whit­man be­gan singing with her fa­ther and brother, in church, when she was four years old. Be­cause she couldn’t read yet, her mother drew pic­tures to let her know what to sing.

When she got older, she be­gan writ­ing songs, and now writes and per­forms mu­sic she calls “pop-driven, with some soul­ful vibes.”

She re­leased her de­but song, Spread Your Wings, in 2015, and her fourth orig­i­nal sin­gle and video, Ex­tra­or­di­nary, came out ear­lier this year.

Some of the peo­ple she knows are plan­ning to catch her Mu­sic Week per­for­mance are fel­low mem­bers of the Bike Mon­key com­pet­i­tive bik­ing group. Al­though she lives in Her­ring Cove, Whit­man has been part of the Truro team since 2014.

“It’s a great group of peo­ple I con­nected with, and there are nicer trails around Truro, so it’s def­i­nitely worth the drive,” she said. “I love go­ing through the trails in Vic­to­ria Park.”

She be­gan com­pet­ing at the age of nine, and has taken part in sev­eral events, in­clud­ing the 2017 Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

She plans to at­tend univer­sity, but may take a year off to fo­cus on mu­sic. She also plans to con­tinue bik­ing.

Her mu­sic week per­for­mance will be at 8 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 3, at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Maura Whit­man, and sam­ples of her mu­sic, visit www.mau­rawhit­man.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Maura Whit­man is a com­pet­i­tive cy­clist with Bike Mon­key, but she’ll be in Truro this week­end to per­form as part of Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week. She’ll be at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre on Satur­day, Nov. 3.

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